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Alcohol dependency

Extent: Jersey
Updated 13 March 2017


Alcoholics Anonymous Jersey

Alcoholics Anonymous Jersey represents the thriving AA community in Jersey.  We have 23 meetings covering every day of the week, in several locations across the island We have morning, lunch time and evening meetings.  We run a well attended annual convention every year on the first weekend in March. Since our first meeting in November 1951, we have helped hundreds of Jersey people to deal with chronic alcohol problems. For help and information call our help line on 01534 726681.

Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism.

The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees for A.A. membership; we are self-supporting through our own contributions.

A.A. is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organisation or institution; does not wish to engage in any controversy; neither endorses nor opposes any causes. Our primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety.


Who to contact
01534 726681


For more information E-mail
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When is it on?

Date & Time Information
Our Phone is manned by AA Members 7.00 am to 10.00 pm daily.


2. Al-Anon is a support group for the relatives and friends of alcoholics, it was founded in 1951. A twelve step plan is followed and successful completion of the course helps people to be able to manage to live with an alcoholic.

3. Group meetings are held on Tuesday evenings from 7:30pm to 9:00pm in the St Paul's Community Centre.

4. For further information, please telephone 870924.

5.For further information contact:

Al-Anon Family Groups UK and Eire
61 Great Dover Street

Telephone Helpline: 020 7403 0888 (confidential service)
Fax: 020 7378 9910
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Web Address:


6. Alateen is a support group for the children of alcoholics, the age limits are 12 to 20. It was founded in 1957, and there are over 3000 groups worldwide. A twelve step plan is followed and successful completion of the course helps teenagers to be able to manage to live with an alcoholic parent.

7. Group meetings are held on Tuesday evenings at 8 pm in the St Paul's Community Centre.

8. For further information, please telephone 870924, or FREEPHONE 0800 735 8709.

States Alcohol and Drug Service

Philosophy of the service

9. The members of the alcohol and drug team do not see problem drinking/drug taking as a disease and do not label drinkers 'alcoholics' or drug takers as 'junkies'. Instead the team believes that people drink or take drugs for a variety of reasons. For example drink often becomes a way of coping with difficult feelings or situations. however, sometimes a person's drinking/drug taking gets so heavy that they become physically dependant and feel ill if they try to do without it. Some people experience their drinking/drug taking as a habit which is hard to break. Some people may have heavy binges. Others may simply feel they are overdoing it and wish to cut down or gain more self control over their drinking/drug taking.

10. As people use alcohol/drugs in so many different ways, the team offer a flexible broad approach to these problems. They have two main approaches which help people to remain abstinent or to limit their drinking/drug use and keep it under control. This will depend on a person's physical health, whether that person is physically dependant on alcohol/drugs, how much control they feel they have over their drinking or drug taking and whether it is causing serious life problems. The team recognises that people often drink or take drugs to cope with problems or difficult emotions and it may therefore be useful to provide help with these problems. Thus the team does not focus or alcohol or drugs alone, but rather the role of alcohol or drugs in the persons life.

Who would find the service useful

11. People who want to make a change in their drug/alcohol use, people who want to use drugs or alcohol more safely, families concerned about someone's alcohol or drug use.

A free and confidential service

12. The alcohol and drug team have trained and experienced staff to help and advise people on their alcohol or drug use. It consists of a team of people from nursing and psychology backgrounds. The service is free and confidential. A duty counsellor is always available to speak to clients who call in. Appointments are then made with the professional staff.

Service Provision by the Alcohol and Drug Service


  • Methadone reduction programme
  • Subutex reduction programme
  • Needle exchange - see para 20 and 20a
  • Individual counselling
  • Group therapy
  • Motivation interviewing / relapse prevention
  • Information and advice
  • Offenders' treatment and testing orders
  • Medical health care (Hepatitis B vaccinations, Hepatitis C and HIV tests)
  • Outreach work at prison and police station.


  • Individual assessment and case programme
  • Clarifying the nature and extent of problems
  • Identifying the most appropriate treatment and interventions
  • Developing and maintaining a therapeutic relationship and where appropriate involving
  • other agencies and networks with the community

Core principles underpinning the work of the Alcohol and Drug Service

The work carried out by the Alcohol and Drug Service is based upon the following principles

  • A harm reduction based on the premise that some people will continue to use substances despite the risks involved, and an approach which first limits the harm whilst encouraging abstinence is pragmatic and achievvable.
  • Equity of access to treatment, regardless of social, economic, racial, religious or gender issues.
  • Evidence-based practice and provision of a high quality of care in accordance with principles of clinical governance.

Support and counselling

14. People usually link up with a worker and meet on a regular basis. They can provide a safe and confidential setting where people can talk about:-

ways to change alcohol/drug use
ways of coming off alcohol/drugs
home detoxification in conjunction with GP
plans for the future
support for families and friends
ensuring access to GP's, dental, ophthalmic and chiropody services

How to make contact

15. The service is available to all. Advice and information is available over the telephone. If you would like to go and talk to them, you may be referred by your doctor or other professional, or you may make contact yourself by telephone or letter.

What happens next

16. Once you have contacted them, they will usually offer you an appointment for an initial assessment. This will be to clarify the nature of the problem and decide together with you what type of support would be most appropriate.

Needle Exchange Outreach worker

17. The Needle Exchange Outreach Worker works with drug users to reduce needle sharing between intravenous drug users and the risk of discarded needles causing a danger to others.

A needle exchange service has been in operation for several years with 'fit packs' containing clean syringes available at four pharmacies for £1.50, you must be at least 18 to purchase them.

Fit packs are also available to drug users over the age of eighteen from The Alcohol and Drug Service. People under the age of eighteen are supplied with fit packs at the discretion of the Service.

For further information

 Drug and Alcohol Service

18. Contact:

The Alcohol and Drug Service
Gloucester Lodge
Stopford Road
St Saviour.

Monday to Friday 9 am - 5 pm
Telephone: 445000 (24 hour answerphone)

Jersey Council on Alcoholism

19. Manager - Michael Aronsohn

Telephone number: 726672


20. Counselling offered


21. 'Dry Home'. This is situated at Margaret House, West Park Avenue, and can accommodate up to 8 men and women.

22. Halfway House. This is situated next door to Margaret House. Consists of 4 self-contained bedsits for independent living.


23. Self referral, referral by GP's, the Shelter or by the Alcohol and Drug Service (see paras 15-23)

Jersey Addiction Group

24. The Jersey Addiction Group runs a States of Jersey Registered, 12 bedded residential centre at Silkworth Lodge, for the treatment and rehabilitation of sufferers of drug and alcohol misuse problems.

The treatment programme has proven to be very successful in helping substance misusers to achieve and maintain abstinence, re-gain self-esteem and develop healthy, contented and fulfilling lifestyles.

A free assessment and consultation is available within 48 hours to substance misusers, concerned family members, colleagues or friends who seek advice about dealing with the problem.

Trustees: C Coutanche, F J Laine, Dr N Minihane, D Murphy, A. Skinner.
Programme Director: Michael Aronsohn
Administrator: Anna Blackwood

Address - Silkworth Lodge, 6 Vauxhall Street, St Helier, JE2 4TJ
Telephone: 729060 (Office hours 9am to 5pm)
Fax: 729061
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Residential provision for people with alcohol problems

Emergency Shelter

25. The Shelter Trust is a charity set up to provide temporary accommodation for homeless people in Jersey. The Emergency Shelter is situated at Aztec House 35/37 Kensington Place, St Helier.

The Shelter has accommodation for 46 men and women, in single rooms.

The rent charged is £98 per week or £14.00 per night.

The Shelter team will also accept drunk and incapable people brought by the police who will be placed overnight in the Drunk and Incapable Unit. Access to the unit is Lewis Street

Residency is on an overnight basis and residents are expected to assist in the running of the Shelter. Advice and help will be given with respect to 'moving on'. Alcohol consumption is not permitted on the premises.

Manager -Annie Mcgarragle
Telephone 730235

St James Street Project

26. This hostel is run by The Shelter Trust and provides permanent accommodation for up to 14 adults in single rooms. Residence in the hostel is not contingent or dependent upon any expressed wish to change drinking habits. Alcohol consumption is not permitted on the premises. The rent charged is £98 per week.

Telephone 726892.

The Weston Health Care Foundation

27. The Foundation run a drop in centre at The Club House, 14 James Street, St Helier. The Club House is a safe place for people to spend time whilst recovering from drug or alcohol addictions.

For more information contact Anna Blackwood telephone 729060.